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Residents saddened by Seven year old's drowning in Turkey Creek

The Pinson News of Pinson, Alabama

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Seven year old Jakquline Tuberville of Remlap, was pronounced dead at Childrens hospital after slipping into the popular "Blue Hole" swimming area of Turkey Creek.

Center Point Fire & Rescue, along with Jefferson County Deputies arrived at the scene around 12:30 p.m. and began helping her mom and sister search for the little girl. She was spotted in one of the deepest areas of the creek, by a Center Point fireman. Deputy Clint Bowden immediately dove in and pulled Jakquiline to the creek's edge where rescue workers began administering CPR then rushed her to a waiting ambulance where treatment was continued as she was taken to Childrens hospital. Witnesses said the little girl, her mother and an older sibling had been seen at the "Falls" left the area then came back, stopping a the "Blue Hole". At the time of the incident the three were the only ones at the Blue Hole.

When the seven year old fell in, her mother jumped in the water but was unable to reach her daughter. She was slightly injured and was also transported to the hospital.

According to L.t. Randy Christian, Center Point fire was dispatched at 12:24, and on scene at 12:29. Deputies were dispatched at 12:28 and arrived at 12:29. The victim was in the water but was not visible. Once spotted, the child was pulled from the water at 12:37. Officials say that no one in the family could swim. Taylor Steele manager of Turkey Creek said he briefly spoke to the family of three while they were at the Falls area.

Steele said he saw them leave the Preserve but had no idea they returned to the creek until hearing the sirens.

Steele said he is very saddened about the little girl's death. He said that if anything good could come from this, it would be bringing awareness on how deceptive the waters at the Blue Hole and other creeks can be.

He said at first glance of the waters, a wooden trestle lying across the creek gives the appearance of a shallow area. That's partially true but just a few feet from the trestle the water drops for 4' to almost 20' deep.

Also, as shown in the above photo the creek appears to be very calm and inviting when in fact the water is moving almost as fast as the rapids at the falls. It is just not as obvious said Steele,

Steele said signs are posted on the marquee at the falls and the Blue Hole asking people to use caution in the water and warning of slippery rocks around the Blue Hole area.

Steel said nothing can bring Jakquline back from this tragic accident but said he hopes others who hear this story will leam and be very cautiouswhen at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.

Visitation and funeral service were held for Jakquline Tuberville Thursday, September 16 at Lemley Funeral Home with burial at Oak hill Cemetery.

Roy White, visiting Pastor from Palmerdale United Methodist Church is in contact with Jakquline's family and aware of various needs. If you want to help or donate to this family, White can be contacted through PUMC.

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Original Publication Date: September 18, 2009

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